April 12th, 2019

Place / Milano
Year / 2019
Type / Masterplan
Status / Competition 1st prize – Ongoing

In a moment of dramatic environmental transformation and permanent economic uncertainty, our priorities have changed. The most valuable currency is no longer ‘brick’ – the built – but rather the climatic conditions that cities will be able to provide and ensure for their citizens. The city of the twentieth century, with its high energy consumption, must be overcome by reconsidering the principles that have marked urban development since the classical era.


Parco Farini

Parco San Cristoforo


Agenti Climatici (Climatic Agents), the masterplan by OMA’s Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli and Reinier de Graaf, co-designed with Laboratorio Permanente, has won the Concorso Farini competition for the redevelopment of the scalo Farini and San Cristoforo sites, two disused railway yards North and South of the periphery of Milan.

The Agenti Climatici proposal designates the Scalo Farini site as a green zone and the San Cristoforo site as a blue zone. Both work as ecological filters: the green zone contains a vast park which cools hot winds coming from the south-west, purifying the air of toxic particles; the large basin in the blue zone cleans the groundwater and creates a landscape for both humans and animals. These two new zones regenerate the ecology of Milan by providing clean air and water, addressing climate change and pollution on a metropolitan scale.

In this new value system, public space – including water, greenery and bridges – is fixed, and buildings are residual and uncertain. In Farini, the scale of developments is contingent on the city’s future economic developments, creating an adaptable and resilient spatial framework that can respond to the shocks of national politics and the global economy.



Urban diagrams


Farini Masterplan

Densification Scenarios


Growth Phasage


Parco Farini


Lancetti Market


Valtellina Urban Foyer


Sport Hill


Natural Pool


Parco San Cristoforo


Laboratorio Permanente with OMA
Nicola Russi, Angelica Sylos Labini, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Rainier de Graaf
with: Paolo Caracini, Luca Cozzani, Amedeo Noris, Federico Coricelli, Massimo Tenan, Pietro Nobili Vitelleschi, Isabella Flore, Federico Godino, Martina Ciceri, Nicola Giannoni, Gaia Calegari, Benedetta Gatti.
Landscape Architects: Philippe Rahm, Vogt.
Urban policy consultant: Ezio Micelli
Association: Temporiuso
Sustainability Consultant: Arcadis
Mobility Consultant: NET Engineering

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